Friday, March 24, 2017

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Academic achievement was the Special Topic for last Wednesday's Board of Trustees meeting. I am pleased to report to our community that once again the College 2016 NCEA overall results have been outstanding. Both our boys and girls are achieving above the national average for our decile, which is very pleasing.

As we are a coeducational College, it is worth noting that girls achievement in NCEA is on average 10% better than boys nationally. It is important to understand this bias when looking at results as it is tempting to jump to the conclusion that boys are underachieving when in fact our boys are leading the region's boys especially in Level 3 attainment.

Our Heads of Faculties have undertaken detailed analysis of individual achievement and are developing action plans to continue to improve these already excellent results.
Last weekend representatives of our Leo Club supported local Lions with the 202J District Convention which was held at the College. It was my pleasure to be able to pipe the official party into the Auditorium and formally welcome them to the College.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal

Transition Map


Thursday, March 23, 2017

SKC SADD

The first SADD meeting for 2017 was held today.  Yvonne Gregory-Hunt is the SKC branch president and there is a large group of senior students alongside her!  SADD (Students Against Dangerous Driving) empowers young people to make safer and better choices on the road.

Monster Raffle

The Home & School are looking for donations for a large raffle with some mega prizes!!!  Meat donations, vouchers of any kind; grocery, petrol ... even Mitre 10 vouchers!  Can you help?

If you can please contact Dianne Mills (027 3032067) or Bridget Craig (027 4397635)



Vic Tamati's Message For Young Men

Today our Y11, 12 and 13 boys had the opportunity to listen to an important message from Vic Tamati, a long time champion of the 'It's Not OK' campaign. His journey out from the grips of a life-cycle of violence is honest and raw, but importantly gives the message that change is possible and that it's OK to ask for help.

Vic's visit to the College is one of the many programmes that are brought into SKC, so that we can impart on students the life skills they need as they grow into adulthood.

For more information please go to areyouok.org.nz

Cricket Delivery

There have been a couple of surprise visits to the College over the last couple of weeks....  Year 9 students Lachlan Brookes and Jack Cameron have both been recipients of an ANZ sponsored 'Dream Delivery' (Cricket) award.  They were nominated by family members and it was their commitment to hard work and training that saw them stand out as worthy of a surprise visit by representatives of the scheme who presented them each with a bag of cricket gear!  Lachlan and Jack are both part of the High Performance Sports programme at the College.  Well done boys!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Results From Aoraki Athletics



A summary of the results from the Aoraki Athletics last week:
Dan Quennell 4th Javelin
Peleki Tangifolau 3rd Discus
Paea Fifita 2nd Shot Put
Harriet Heaphy 5th 800m
Gemma Dowling 1st High Jump
Grace Tohill 2nd Long Jump and 4th High jump and 4th Triple Jump
Ovini Saro 3rd Shot Put
Esafe Tokai 6th Shot Put
Jacob Taukamo 3rd Shot Put AWD
Jaimee Trainor 2nd Shot Put
Katarina Green 6th Long Jump
Rebecca Kinney 5th 800m
Max Yanzick 1st 3000m and 1st 1500m
Ben Mccarthy 4th 200m
Olive Coco Verkerk 2nd 3000m
Isaac Clunie 3rd Long Jump
Breidy Johnston 1st 200m and 1st 100m
Jasmine Emery 3rd 200m and 4th 100m
Adam Sew Hoy 3rd 400m
Laura Preston 1st 400m
Rebecca Whittet 3rd 400m
Roger Neri 3rd 400m
Ben McCarthy 4th 100m
Elisha Carter 1st Javelin
Dominic Flannery 2nd High Jump
Forrest Beer 3rd 800m

This brings the College total to .......
Seven 1st placings
Five 2nd placings
Ten 3rd placings (includes U15 Girls and U14 Boys)
Eleven 4th placings
The top 3 qualify for South Islands which means we have 18 students qualified. An amazing effort team! A big thank you to Mr Nyika, Mrs Sutton for traveling with the students and to all of the parents and families who came along to support.

Netball Grading Day And Uniforms

We are looking for any unused NETBALL DRESSES AND NETBALL UNIFORMS ... even really old ones!!

This year the Senior A and B teams are wearing the dresses, all other teams are in the blue top and skirt with the piping. We have a large number of girls playing who we need to get uniforms for. If you are not using yours we would appreciate handing them to someone else to be used OR if you have one of the current uniforms from the last couple of years that you would like to sell at a reasonable cost, please bring it to the Uniform Shop (open each Thursday at lunchtime).

Any old uniforms that are not currently being used we are boxing up and donating to schools or countries who will find them useful. Please drop them in to the school office.

OPEN DAY/GRADING DAY will be on Saturday 8th April and we are on duty! The first PLAYING day will be Sunday 30th April. We are also still on the hunt for TWO COACHES so if you are able to help then please get in touch.

ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT UNIFORMS, DUTY ON THE 8TH OR COACHING ... PLEASE CONTACT MRS FOWLER - rfowler@stkevins.school.nz



Friday, March 17, 2017

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Our message of Justice and Solidarity was reinforced twice this week from different but complementary perspectives. The first was at assembly and looked at issues around bullying and how we could create a culture that was intolerant of bullying. We worked from a commonly accepted definition that recognises four elements: bullying is deliberate, harmful, involves a power imbalance, and has an element of repetition. Both students and staff are committed to creating a safe environment for learning, knowing that it is OK to ask for help if anyone within our community is feeling they are being bullied.

Our second challenge was presented by two American  Dominican Sisters, Sr Margaret and Sr Sharon. They have been touring parishes the length of the country raising awareness of global issues including the rich country - poor country gap, equity issues and consequences of global warming. Their workshop focused students on local initiatives that would make a positive difference in the lives of others. I was pleased at the level of engagement and interaction shown by the students.

As we break for Anniversary Weekend, safe travel and happy St Patrick's Day. Also, please keep Nicola Ryan - Mr Ryan's wife - in your prayers as she recovers from surgery and the Wallis family as they mourn the passing of Ami's dad, Wal.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Turning Towards Life

The recent Chapter Call of the Dominican Sisters Aotearoa, says ' We choose to be part of the turning towards life, a future we will not see but for which we sow seeds'

Today we were pleased to welcome Dominican Sisters Margaret Giliardi (from Amityville, New York) and Sharon Zayac (from Springfield, Illinois) who have been invited to New Zealand to facilitate a number of workshops and retreats around the country on human and eco justice.  Following a presentation on this globally concerning subject students broke off into small groups to talk about what they would want to say to our world leaders and how they expect to be represented on the world stage regarding this issue.  

CLICK HERE to view Anna Taylor's photos from today's workshop


Philosophy Club University Visit

Every Friday after school a group of students get together with Ms Walshe to discuss philosophical topics and think outside the box on a variety of subjects.  Today the Philosophy Club have traveled to Dunedin to attend a philosophy lecture at Otago University.  They will join the department professor for lunch before being given a guided tour around the university.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chinese Porcelain

Yr10 Mandarin class took a creative step today as students took part in a cultural activity about Chinese porcelain.  They had a go at creating their own porcelain designs and I think you'd agree they did a great job!